The Provocative Landscape (BA3a)

Update 1: 15.11.16
Update 2: 09.12.16
Update 3: 22.12.16
Update 4: 08.01.16

A Clarity of Vision

“The Provocative Landscape” is a body of work which is a culmination of research and development from my works from Year Two informing my Year Three works, as well as my essay research. Like many photographers who are constantly pushing boundaries, this body of work originally sets out to explore beyond the conventional landscape genre through consistent research and experimentation which would later influence me to develop my own approach to photography, thus further expanding my horizon in the landscape photography.

In year two, “A kaleidoscope of coloursis the result of learning about visual coherence across three genres. Although I had struggled initially, it made me understand how my style in landscape photography can be applied to other forms of photography outside my forte. In Rough Cut, I took my practices to an opposite direction. By analysing past practitioners’ works, my experimental works made me realised how much potential I could unlock just by exploring a completely different way. In the Collaboration unit, there was film collaboration and self-initiated collaboration. Even though things did not work well as I had anticipated, it made me realise the importance of finding and/or working with other creatives. By reflecting on what I could have done better, I saw an indefinite possibility of new works I could produce by going cross-disciplinary even though it was something out of my comfort zone.

With the research and developmental outcome which I have produced previously in year two, I am pushing further in my photographic practices. I am not just focusing solely on how I can capture landscapes creatively but also thinking of ways how I can bring these elements into other genres.

As I have organised my posts into various categories, the other challenge I faced was how to present my contents and developmental process in my Visual Logbook. I have considered presenting these images in chronological order. However, that approach would have been too long and messy. Eventually, I have decided that perhaps the best approach for me (at least how I would feel comfortable presenting) was to separate my BA3a into three components.

Component 1: The Provocative Landscape
An introduction to my theme and different projects.

Component 2: Places | The Mirror Cube | The Oriental Portraiture
My developmental processes, my references and analysis.

Component 3:  Final Fifteen
A final evaluation of my final images and conclusion.

The Brain Exercise

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This is a new brain exercise I had done over the summer break has enabled me to consider an establishment of guidelines for my year three assignments and strategically planning on what I could feasibly do. This mindmap is not a detailed plan of what kind of shoot I am going to do, but more of an idea of what I could do. This exercise was originally conducted previously in BA2 which has helped me tremendously in discovering my direction.

The base of my references (or bibliography) of the photographers I have analysed over the last year stems out into looking at other photographers that have produced landscape imagery with provocative visuals or statements, including artists who have embraced technology and used multimedia platforms. Hence, some of the inspiration for my new works I will be doing in this semester will be taken from my old works, as informed by my earlier references. 

My ultimate objective, at the end of the day, is that I plan to diversify my photographic practices as much as I can, which I can use to cater the market needs in my region, which have distinctively different mentalities from the UK. By injecting my style of photography, I am aiming to not only to be good at my own forte but also equally versatile in other genres and forms of multimedia.

About My Approach

Continuing from my year two, my photography works are not just focusing solely on how I can capture landscapes creatively, but also thinking of ways how I can bring my photographic style and these landscape elements into other genres. My approach is to not only to revisit some of my earlier experiments & previous failed attempts but also explore new boundaries which my photographic practices can offer. My way of experimenting may not only be straight photography based but may also be through technique-based, mix-media based, multimedia based, etc.

Projected Planning Schedule

– To establish a clarity of direction and strategic planning to support my endeavours.
– A better time management; micromanage tasks and schedules where necessary.
– Apply the four quadrants of priority, utilising Gantt charts, budget forms, etc.
– To get some of my name card prints done while back in Singapore.

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– To complete the first draft of my essay report when school reopens.
– To complete the second draft of my essay before the Christmas break.
– Think of a few different approaches in which I can push my landscapes
– Produce at least 15 images of my landscape work for BA3a submission.

To view my BA3a Learning Agreement, click here.

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Next Objective

Projected Planning Schedule

– Complete Berlin photography trip, and finish post processing before my next big trip.
– Execute my Iceland photography trip, finish my post processing before the deadline.
– Research more on prints and self-promotional plans and ready for exhibition
– to have a series of professionally curated images as my portfolio
– to have my professional website ready for exhibition.


To view my BA3b Learning Agreement, click here. 

Essay Research Summary

My research takes on a rhetoric approach in exploring the aspects of ‘provocativeness’ in the landscape photography. The research would be in the form of an extended essay as the topics discussed investigates the role of landscapes in activism photography from a theoretical and historical perspective, dissecting the complex visual culture through various references.

Research Objective

  • To explore and understand what “provocative” means and how it influences people.
  • To investigate and explore the various methods and techniques photographers use to create provocative images.
  • To produce 15 images of the landscape as influenced by my research.
  • Possibly collaborate with various people, creative and non-creative professionals.

For an in-depth progress of my research report click here.

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Photo Series 1: Pandora’s Box

“Pandora’s Box” explores the disruption of visual in the landscape with the use of a mirror cube which plays with one’s curiosity of what is inside the reflective yet mysterious box when placed in a foreign landscape.

During my year two’s assignment on Rough Cuts, I had experimented with kaleidoscope mirrors to produce stunning imagery where I thought I had found the limit I could push. At the time where I had used larger mirrors to build the kaleidoscope did not work because of its bulkiness. This time, I decided to reconfigure those mirrors into a cube and bring it out to shoot landscapes.

To view part 1 of my developmental process, click here.
To view part 2 of my developmental process, click here.

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Photo Series 2: Allemannsretten

Allemannsretten is a Norwegian concept from the ancient times which means “the freedom to roam” in English. This series of works evolved from “Places”, which explores landscapes through the tourist’s eyes, which comes in two forms. The first form is my impression of the experience as the tourist roaming through those new locations for my first time, and the second is as my views of other tourists embedded into these landscapes. This was a project that started two years ago and across many unique locations around the world.

London | Scotland | Barcelona | Dubai | Singapore | Berlin | Iceland

To view Part 1 of my developmental process, click here.
To view Part 2 my developmental process, click here.

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Photo Series 3: Utopian/ Dystopian world

This project attempts to imagine the Utopian and Dystopian landscape world through cross-disciplinary collaboration with various artists.

To view my developmental process, click here.

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Photo Concept: The Oriental Portraiture

To replicate landscape elements into portraiture shoot, I decided to revisit my portraiture works in the Visual coherent assignment I did during year two. This idea stems out because I did not want to focus solely on commercial landscapes alone; I also wanted to be equally versatile in as a commercial (fashion) photography with my photographic style in the landscape, of vibrant colours and structural elements. Thus, using the same concept of an Asian model, I wanted to build upon my previous portraiture.  I felt there was room to improve upon, where I could somehow inject some landscape elements into the portraiture. This time, I plan to use another oriental dress which I did not use previously and with an autumn theme concept.

To view my developmental process, click here.

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